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Month: June 2013

Dave and Busters Launches New Game Contest

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Arcade Gaming isn’t exactly Toonbarn’s primary topic of coverage, but as you can see from our Games section, and frequent coverage of games based on hit cartoon franchises, we’re also big, big fans of videogames in general. So even though it’s not toon-related, we felt compelled to point Toonbarn users who are into gaming towards Dave & Buster’s newest contest, mainly because there’s only 3 weeks left to enter.

Dave & Buster’s new contest hinges on one simple question: what’s your big game idea?

Together with VH1, MTV, and Comedy Central, Dave & Buster’s will be taking games to the next level by giving the public a chance to come up with the next legendary game concept.

Toonbarn Feature: Interview with MangaMagazine.net’s Victor Chu

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Toonbarn has recently had the honor of talking to MangaMagazine.net co-founder Victor Chu over their successful digital publishing startup, which uses a crowdsourcing model for the comics industry, letting the fans directly decide which projects will and won’t succeed.

Founded by Mr. Chu and his friend Bancha Dhammarungruang, MangaMagazine.net allows creators to promote and monetize their content – what this means is that fans will have access to the content that they want, while creators will be able to earn a living off their works without being mired in the machinations of a highly commercialized market.

The site has only been around for a year, but has already amassed more than 40 thousand registered users consisting of artists, writers, and comic fans who are passionate about the medium and willing to build a community around their shared love for everything related to comics.

Pokemon U.S. National Championships to be Held in Indiana

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Thousands of America’s top Pokemon Trading Card Game and Video game players will once again meet and share in their common love for the franchise this July 5 – 7 at the Indiana Convention Center for the 2013 Pokemon U.S. National Championships, where top contenders will vie for the crown of U.S. National Champion.

Champs and top ranking competitors in both the Trading Card Game and Video Game categories will earn Travel Awards, as well as invitations to the 2013 Pokemon World Championships, which will be held at Vancouver, Canada in August 9-11.

Even if you’re not an active competitor, there’s still reason to attend and bring your Nintendo DS or 3DS system along with your copy of Pokemon Black, White, Black 2, or White 2, as attendees can articipate in a special character distribution, receiving a powerful Metagross based on the one used by World Champion Ray Rizzo in the 2012 Pokémon World Championships. Attendees can also take part in Pokémon League events, where they can earn special Pokémon-themed prizes.

New Teen Titans Go! Clip: Super Robin

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Warner Bros. Animation has just released a new clip for this week’s episode of Teen Titans Go!, titled “Super Robin.” There’s also a bunch of new images that you can gawk at, in case moving pictures are not your thing.

In “Super Robin,” the elephant in the room – Robin’s marked lack of super powers compared to his teammates is finally addressed. It turns out that the Boy Wonder has always been envious of the team’s powers. So he takes matters into his own hands and tries to get one of his own. Unfortunately, the “science experiment gone awry” didn’t work, and so he has to resort to begging Raven to use magic on him.

The Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar Guests in Sanjay and Craig

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Today’s episode of Sanjay and Craig will feature a celebrity guest star who will be familiar to nerds and geeks everywhere: Kunal Nayyar (who plays Rajesh Koothrappali in The Big Bang Theory) will be playing Sanjay’s dad Vijay in the segment “Partybot,” in which Sanjay and Craig find an old robot that Vijay constructed back in college. The duo then proceed to turn it into a party animal. The segment “Traffic Island” has the kids turning against Sanjay after he accidentally maroons everyone on a highway median.

Comic-Con’s Hall H will Feature an Ender’s Game Panel

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At the upcoming Comic-Con 2013, which will be held on Thursday, July 18, Summit Entertainment will be showcasing the highly anticipated film Ender’s Game via a panel that will feature filmmakers and cast members such as producer Bob Orci, director Gavin Hood, and cast members Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, and Abigail Breslin.

Summit’s booth will be located within the Grand Hall, which will also feature the film highlights. Promotional items will be distributed to the first 120,000 attendees that will pass by, and booth visitors will be given the opportunity to win “fast passes” to the film’s Exclusive Fan Experience, which grants them entry without the need to wait in line.

Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Preview Showcases Leo

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A new promo video has been released for the upcoming downloadable hack and slash game, Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, which is based on the extremely popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, albeit not the current Nickelodeon CG series version. This one is aimed at a decidedly more mature audience.

The video showcases the leader of the quartet, the dual katana-wielding, blue-mask wearing Leonardo. The video shows off some of his hack-and-slash skills, looking right out of Devil May Cry with his aerial and sword slashing moves.

Amazon Prime Instant Video Expands with PBS Kids Shows

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Amazon has recently bolstered their multi-year licensing agreement with PBS via the addition of hundreds of new episodes from shows from the network’s library, including additional episodes from hit children’s shows such as Caillou, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Arthur, Wild Kratts, Dinosaur Train, and others. The expanded deal is signed fresh off the recent multi-year deal with Viacom, which also provided Amazon with more content from Viacom-owned networks such as MTV and Nickelodeon.

Sesame Workshop Lays Off 30 Employees

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According to an Animation Magazine report, New York City’s Sesame Workshop has recently laid off 30 of its employees, in a move that is becoming all too common among animation and entertainment shops these past few months. The move is brought on by a decision to cut costs in a tough economic climate, and was already set in motion with a prior laying off of 30 other employees last May.

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